Call It Sleep: ROTH, HENRY (1906-1995)

Call It Sleep

ROTH, HENRY (1906-1995)

Published by Michael Joseph, London, 1963
Condition: Fine- Hardcover
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With a foreword by Walter Allen. First Impression ("First published . . . 1963"; originally published in New York, in 1934). 8vo: 446pp. Publisher's black cloth, spine stamped gilt, top edge stained brown; illustrated dust jacket priced 30s. About Fine, page edges slightly toned, small and tidy name to front fly leaf; in a better than Near Fine, slightly edge-worn jacket, with spine panel lettering toned. An affordable alternative to the costly U.S. first edition. This single precocious masterpiece, originally published some seventy years ago, is now generally regarded as the finest novel of Jewish immigration to America. In fact, so good was the novel, so rapturous its critical and popular reception, that Roth suffered from more than half a century of writer's block before he was able to write another. "When Henry Roth began working on Call It Sleep in the summer of 1930, his intent was to write autobiographically. . . . Yet Roth admits that a struggle arose-a struggle between the factually oriented autobiographer and the novelist who wanted to present different ideas and the freedom to imagine. Consequently, the resulting novel presents what Roth felt was an embellished portrait of his soul: an honest portrayal of his own childhood that reflects a young Jewish boy's perceptions of his world and of his faith." (The Literary Encyclopedia) "Roth tirelessly and unflinchingly records the daily damage that the harshness of slum life inflicts on David's quiveringly receptive, emotionally defenseless consciousness; as a precise chronicler of minute impressions, and of the growth of an intellectually precocious mind, Roth's only equal is James Joyce. After its publication in 1934 Call It Sleep sank from view for 30 years, before a new edition became a bestseller in the 1960 s. It will never be forgotten again." (Time 100) Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # BB1056

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Title: Call It Sleep

Publisher: Michael Joseph, London

Publication Date: 1963

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine-

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine+

Edition: First Edition.

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